Scapa Flow – the Best of Scottish wreck diving, 31 May to 7 June 2014

Posted on behalf of Steve:

After last year’s exciting trip to Scapa, I had the urge to re-visit and explore further the wrecks of these spectacular First World War German warships.

Time demands, budgetary restrictions & other commitments meant I was the sole representative from Perth but I jumped at the opportunity to join Dave, Simon & Matt from Weston-Super-Mare BSAC for another week aboard the liveaboard, MV Karin. Dave & Simon were on the 2013 trip, with Matt joining up to make a friendly foursome on board under the experienced command of skipper John Thornton.

The group gathered at the comfortable Weigh Inn in Scrabster for a convivial pre-embarkation evening with a bite to eat and a couple of pints. My king sized bed and marble tile lined bathroom were a notable contrast to the functional facilities on board the good ship ‘Karin’.
Simon brought his trusty Transit van up from Somerset and taking this over to Stromness eliminated the need for us to use the Northlink dive trolleys as well as having a vehicle to visit some tourist attractions when the dive day was over, usually about 3pm.

A smooth sail on Saturday morning across the Pentland Firth & past the Old Man of Hoy on the ferry ‘Hamnavoe’ brought us to Stromness and the MV Karin where it became apparent that we were the only divers for this week! Thanks to John for running the trip for only 2 buddy pairs!

Gear quickly stowed & twin sets prepared for diving, we headed out to the SMS Karlsruhe for our Saturday afternoon shakedown dive.
Simon & l slipped down the shot, excitement mounting as the hull came quickly into view at around 12m. Lots of big holes on the superstructure side of this cruiser which is covered in plumose anemones, deadmen’s fingers, starfish, urchins and crustaceans plus shoals of sprat like fish, large Cuckoo & Ballan Wrasse, Luing & Cod, notably more fish life than in 2013 probably the result of us visiting in early summer rather than late spring.

Buoyed up by our first dive we steamed back to Stromness then headed ashore to Scapa Scuba where spending cash on a variety of useful stuff like my new Fourth Element Arctic socks, T-shirts, hoodies & not forgetting a large bottle of lube, always seems easy in the company of their cheery manageress

The joys of ‘Scapa Special’ ale at the Ferry Inn beckoned us afterwards.

After an early night, Sunday morning saw us steaming to dive the battleship the SMS ‘Kronprinz Wilhelm’ lying on her starboard side in about 35m. From the shot we headed towards the stern area amidst plenty of life, large holes enabling us to see into the wreck (especially looking over Simon’s shoulder along the amazingly powerful beam of his ‘Light for me’ torch!). We passed one of the masts still lying on the sea bed, one of the gun turrets & admired the large rudders at the stern itself. We surfaced on Simon’s DSMB, followed by soup & sandwiches on the ‘Karin’ while mulling over the sheer scale of the battleship wrecks.

For the afternoon, we headed to the blockship ‘Tabarka’, lying in fairly shallow water at around 16m & surrounded by a kelpy, rocky bottom. Unfortunately, the tide was running pretty fast with the kelp adopting a horizontal angle as we hunkered down by the hull sheltering from its full force & looking inside through all the gaps alongside. We were unable to enter the wreck since the direction of the current gave us the strong impression that once in we probably wouldn’t be able to get out & despite the amount of gas in our twin sets we didn’t fancy taking a chance on it! The site is pretty photogenic so I had fun taking a short video. Surfacing was more than usually exciting with Simon appearing to fly away in the current when he deployed the DSMB, no way could I keep up!

Monday saw us enjoying two cruiser wreck dives, the SMS ‘Dresden’ in the morning & the SMS ‘Coln’ in the afternoon, lying in about 35m. Both were pretty stunning, the ‘Coln’ having the edge because the vis was at least 4-5m more than at the ‘Dresden’, a bit over 12m! Both sites offered a tremendous variety of life. I preferred the cruiser wrecks because although still large wrecks, they are significantly smaller than the battleships which gives you a better chance of touring most of the vessel & having the satisfaction of returning to the shot!
On returning to Stromness I headed to the Stromness Museum, covering the history of the Orkneys, their strong maritime traditions, Nordic connections, links with local explorers, whaling etc. I particularly enjoyed reading the log of an Orkney born skipper operating a cargo sailing vessel around the world in the mid-19th Century.

Tuesday, we enjoyed a visit to the cruiser SMS ‘Brummer’ another superb wreck dive, lying on her starboard side, from flat calm surface conditions! We passed a couple of guns, glanced through the large holes in her hull, though resisted the temptation to be drawn inside, whilst many large wrasse, Cod & Luing ambled around us!

We were moored at Lyness for the lunch break & took the opportunity to visit the Lyness Visitor Centre which covers the background to and scuttling of the German Grand Fleet comprehensively – a very good place to off gas before your afternoon dive!

After a light lunch we headed for the F2, a German escort vessel captured at the start of WW2 which sank at her moorings in 1946. The forward gun is clearly visible and Simon & I enjoyed a swim through the wreck. There is a line linking the wreck of the F2 to the salvage barge YC-21 which had been involved in salvaging anti-aircraft guns in 1968, but sank during a storm – so this site gives you two wrecks for the price of one dive, with little time restriction lying in only 17m!

Wednesday morning saw us return to the battleship Kronprinz Wilhelm – this second dive we were a bit more able to work out where we were on the wreck (rudders a good giveaway!). Loads of fish life surrounded us again on a relaxing slack water dive.

The wreck of German U-boat UB116 beckoned us after lunch; this was a superb scenic dive around the 30m mark with vis at least 12-14m, shoals of silvery sprat like fish, large Wrasse, Luing and a Conger snoozing quietly in a hole until Simon’s torch beam briefly woke him up with blinding light!! This sub was sunk by mines with the loss of all hands as she entered Scapa on 28th October 1918; rather sad as it appears she may have been looking to surrender just a few days before hostilities ceased on 11th November 1918. She was left until construction of the Flotta oil terminal began in the 1970s with the Royal Navy blowing her & the remains of her torpedoes up in an enormous explosion in 1975 which apparently shattered windows on Flotta!

Thursday took us back to two favourites from earlier in the week – SMS ‘Dresden’ & SMS ‘Brummer’. I played cameraman for another attempt at videoing the ‘Dresden’ but for the afternoon Simon kindly leant me his amazing light (he was flying south on Friday morning so was into the 24 hour no dive pre-flight rest period) – this was staggeringly powerful (might even interest Chris ….!!). We noticed how the deck is coming apart from the hull around the bows of the ‘Brummer’. Clearly 95 years under water is having a seriously deteriorating effect on these huge wrecks.

Late Thursday afternoon the Transit was pressed into use for a touristy tour taking in the Highland Park Distillery, the remarkable Italian Chapel (constructed by Italian prisoners of war in WW2) & the moving memorial to the sinking of HMS ‘Royal Oak’, the battleship sunk by German torpedoes from the U-boat U47 on 14th October 1939. 833 Officers & men died (some only 15 years old) when she sank in about 10 minutes after her ammunition magazine was struck. This war grave is the wreck that Royal Navy divers place a Royal Ensign on at each anniversary of her sinking.

Friday we rounded off a superb week’s diving by returning to the sites of cruisers SMS Coln & Karlsruhe, the final dive obviously popular since it was the only one we had to dodge round divers from boats other than our own MV ‘Karin’.

Another great week, thanks to buddies Simon, Dave & Matt and also of course to John & crew again!!

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Sunday shore diving, Loch Fyne. 22nd June 2014

“Sunday?”, “Yes, where?”, “OK, When?” Ah, the joys of shore diving ! And so it was that a small group of divers from Perth and Crieff met in Tyndrum before moving off to Furnace on Loch Fyne for a days diving.

Todays venue was Furnace were Dogfish reef was our chosen site offering a both a good scenic dive and a variety of depths to suit. Unfortunately the relationship between divers and the local community has been spoilt by a small and thoughtless minority whose actions have provided offense. The local community is now doing all it can to discourage divers and actively blocks the entrance to the council owner car park making it just that little bit harder to get in the water.

We had the site brief and then made a couple of trips to get the kit down to the water’s edge before the first team were off onto the reef. With a high tide they had a few meters of wall left to play with as they explored the depths of the main reef reporting nudibranchs, sealoch anemones and some very large fish. The second team explored the reef to the right which while not as rocky was still a steep slope leading onto a gravel and rock and then sand. Two sets of 40 minute dives in some very reasonable vis.

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An interesting temperature profile today. The shallows had a balmy 18°C , green and plankton rich which dropped to 8°C at 15m providing clear water and excellent viz, however there were two distinctive patches in the dive where the temperature dropped to 7°C which seemed to be associated with fresh water outfalls from the reef. These made for chilly interludes in otherwise very pleasant conditions.

(Ed- the boot award, goes to Chris who turned up with a half full tank. While he claims it must have leaked in the car, the awards committee thinks this is highly unlikely.)

With such glorious weather it was decided to go and explore another site and with an eye on the clock we opted for Drishaig Reef further up the loch towards the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. Steve and I had checked the access out previously and thought it was worth a look. We as a club had not dived this site for many years and indeed it was a new one to both Steve and I, though Hamish and Maureen may have previously done it with the ‘Old club’, so we set off in the hope of more scenic surroundings and to find the layby.

Have to report that the walk down the bank from the layby is rather steep and not for the week of knee! However once on the cobbled beach we were quickly in the water and Hamish led the way over sand and onto mud where a forest of slender seapens appeared. Further down the slope we found a nephrops bed, with burrows and the occasional prawn displaying aggressively in the open. Some fantastic specimens of the fireworks anemones appeared iridescent in the gloom. Rather too quickly our bottom time was used up and we made a slow ascent passing a solitary pouting and a scorpion fish to watch blennies as we did out decompression in the shallows.

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A very different dive from Dogfish reef, this was more of the inner loch genre, darker and leading to muddy slopes but with a varied and interesting selection of life.

All in all a good days diving.

An evening splash at Fifeness, 18th June 2014

Crail was definitely cooler than Perth when we traveled across for an evening dive and BBQ, by almost 10°C in fact ! It looked deceptively calm with small waves breaking on the reefs as a high tide filled the gullies.

With a strong snorkeling contingent exploring Fifeness harbour (sic.) five divers kitted up to explore the gully below the WWII pillbox at the Coastguard station (now closed). After a few hiccups with direct feed hoses that didn’t fit and needed to be swapped, we were off in two groups to explore and dependent on the vis, throw in a few drills for the Ocean diver trainees. Chris and Aileen managed to slip off first and having been helped into the water by Gary found excellent vis above a sandy bottom and large brown kelp covering the rocks. Picking up the reef the colorful life was appreciated and a lobster tickled. This turned out to be a recently molted male, with a soft carapace so was returned unharmed. The brightly colored Galathea squat lobster was abundant hiding as they do in cracks and on the underside of overhangs. A good show of fish life hovering at the limit of visibility also made life interesting. Last winter’s storms seemed to have scoured the boulders a little and much more kelp was present that I can remember and loads of wreckage, rusted spares and plate fragments littered the sea bed adjacent to the reef. All interesting stuff.

(Ed – There are numerous wrecks hereabouts and speculation may suggest the metal came from the Vildfugl a 20th century motor tanker lost 1951 or The Brothers a 19th century Schooner lost 1856, and the Downiehills , a steam trawler lost 1926. All would have had some metal on them thought The Brothers and Downiehills had wooden hulls. While completely speculative the amount of rusted plates and spares suggests a metal hull and you can draw your own conclusions as to the likely vessel they came from. Storm and surge action concentrates wreckage in gullies so it is more than likely a scrap yard of multiple wrecks. Interestingly enough, another vessel that came to grief here, the Annette, a brig, lost 1879, was carrying a cargo of pit props and we certainly found several of those.)

We turned with ample air in reserve as Aileen was having a leaking mask day and returned to find a sandy bottom to practice AS drills and ‘ellami calls. No real issues were experienced but it would have been much easier without a flooded mask, still if you have confidence enough to rescue someone when things are not going well you are doing better than most!

The second team, Duane, Andy and Steve, followed us out, passing us towards the end of the reef. Again they reported good and varied life including lobsters of various shapes and sizes and found time to complete AS drills, another good result.

Returning to the shore, we were landed by Gary and Izzy who were providing shore cover and once everyone was back on dry land we joined the BBQ throwing our sausages on the monster grill that Neil had brought. Chat, stick throwing for the dogs and a chance to catch up and meet various family members saw us spend a hour or so before approaching storm clouds, a drop in temperature and the fading light saw the party disperse.

A very pleasant evening with a good result with a couple of open water lessons signed off. Thanks due to Steve for organising another dive, Neil for bringing his BBQ and Izzy and Gary for providing shore cover and of course all those who came along and made the evening such a social success

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this extract from RCAHM shows all the wrecks that have come to grief on this part of the coast.

The June DTP at Loch Fyne

It’s a fact of life that the more you put in to something, the more you get out and this was very obvious at this months DTP at Loch Fyne. With the holiday season upon us and with other folk washing their hair Perth_BSAC provided the lion’s share of the instructor and people prepared to muck in and help out. Only fair really as we also took most trainees!

On what can only be described as a fantastic west-coast day with a flat calm sea, warm water and good vis the Perth club had three sessions running. Firstly a drysuit and buoyancy familiarization being led by Chirs and an Ocean diver completing his dive Leader lesson under Steve’s watchful gaze with another buddy pair practicing their navigation and buoyancy within the confines of the bay. One other pair from Dundee were undertaking Sports diver training under Edward Haynes’ watchful gaze.

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All the hard work was today rewarded with firstly a good session being completed covering drysuits and buoyancy culminating in two exploratory dives where the new skills were put into practice. Steve was set a hard task and asked to teach dive leading to a team consisting of an Ocean Diver and a Dive Leader trainee. By running the Dive leader sessions as examples of best practice our Ocean diver had some of the most comprehensive training for his grade possible. Well done to Steve for his innovative approach, clearly an Advanced Instructor in waiting ! Edward reported varying levels of success with his trainees who struggled with deco stops partly due in part to a poorly fitting drysuit and using skills no longer part of the BSAC syllabus and seldom practiced (never a good idea on an assessment). A greater emphasis will be seen here in upcoming months as BSAC reviews buoyancy skills in training.

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All in all a very good event with some good diving and with a diver competing his Ocean Diver practical sessions, a very good result.

thanks to Maureen and Fred for the photos

Midweek diving – Island Rocks at The May Island

Stephen our Training Officer organised a midweek Wednesday evening dive with Shadow Marine Charters Owned by Steve Haddow, based in the Forth, a great boat for several of our Ocean Diver Trainees to have their first experience of Hard Boat diving. “The Mako” is a purpose built Diving Hard boat with ample cabin (Tea & Coffee), head (toilet for landlubbers), plenty of space to kit up and most importantly a lift!

10 Perth BSAC Members departed on the Mako from Anstruther Harbour at 6:30pm heading out to the Isle of May, our plans were to dive the North East Side of the Island an area known as the Island Rocks due to the SS Island (Formerly the Danish Royal Yacht) which ran aground the May Island in Dense Fog on the 13th April 1937. Hayden and I dropped into 12 metres of water and descended onto Reef with kelp attached. between the rocks you could see the Debris field of broken plates, Spars and pipes probably from a mixture of wrecks. Most wrecks that run aground would be smashed to pieces during the winter storms and the North East Coast of the May Island is completely exposed to the North Sea Storms, as we headed North West at about 16 metres depth, from the wreck site we came across a Rock Covered in Dead mans Fingers (Anemones) and as we worked our way round it you can see the areas of broken shells and dark pebbles where the storms have scoured the sea bed.

In amongst the rocks we spotted several Velvet swimming crabs with their distinctive red eyes and a Butterfish hiding in a crevice, I like Blennies as there faces are always full of character. Hayden and I head back up over a sparse rocky reef covered in not much more than Barnacles and a couple of Velvet Swimming Crabs waiting to moult and reproduce.  We were starting to run low on Air so headed inshore to 10metres before I deployed my Delayed Surface Marker Buoy and we headed to the Surface.

Once we returned to the Surface Sue gave us a cup of Tea (Thank you) and as I de-kitted listened to Hamish and Colin who had found a Ling & 4 Nudibranch!  We headed back to Anstruther and I had Fish and Chips firmly in my mind and after we emptied the boat headed up to the Anstruther Fish Bar for a well deserved Haddock & Chips.

 

 

 

A tail of two wrecks

Sunday diving and there was weather, Scotland at it’s most glorious. Showers and cloud, resting on an invisible partitions, grass lush, wet and green. Loch Leven was mirror calm and a small shell boat rested at it’s mooring with ducks creating wakes as they crossed the bay. The site we had chosen today was Cemetery One on the North shore of Loch Leven just past the Loch Leven seafood cafe. A quick look at the slope down from the car park saw a revolt and an alternative approach sort so we moved the cars around to the small private pier just to the West.

Today was a day for checkouts and drills. One checkout for someone who had not been in the water for a few months, a weight and buoyancy check for a twin set and post drills. So we were not after great depth, just good vis and a bottom that would not stir up and make things difficult.

First order of the day was to ensure that the new twin set diver was properly weighted so we kitted him up and got him in the water to check he could sink and float, easy enough and we left him bobbing in the shallows as the rest of us got our tanks on. A straightforward plan of bubble checks, buoyancy and trim checks and post drills before we swam East along the base of the boulder slope at the junction of the mud. Good vis and some interesting life with numerous pink sea cucumbers and piddock shlls, horse muscle as well as burrowing and sealoch anemones. Little fish life save the ubiquitous blennies and gobbies but generally some good colorful life. Reaching the turn around point we made our way up the slope and returned to find the clinker built wreck that this site is noted for, swam around it a couple of times and the returned to the pier to exit on 45 minutes

After a short surface interval we were back in again. This time we swam straight out from the pier trying to find 20 m. As it was low tide we struggled. At 14m we started finding rubbish dumped from the moorings as the bottom flattened. A computer and TV, pots and pans provided interest before looking up to see the white fiberglass hull of a pleasure boat, sitting upright and covered in peacock worms. Swimming around this a couple of times we then moved off to the East swimming over more rubbish which supported various squiggly forms of life and fields of phosphorescent sea pens. Turning back to the shore we found ourselves on scallop shells discarded from the working boats that led to the pier to surface on 32 minutes after a very pleasant little dive.

So that was it, two wrecks in two dives. Speaking to the local owner of the boats and pier we pieced together a history of the wrecks. The clinker built wooden wreck was a gentleman’s launch, powered by a 3 cylinder Lister Petter engine. It was already 70 years old when it was acquired from the Collonsay Estate by the pier owners family who used it in 80’s as a dive boat for scalloping. When the engine needed replacing it was sold on to be refurbished but the project faltered and it was hauled up onto the beach where it started to decay. Eventually it was burnt and the hull towed out and sunk. A sad end to a piece of Victorian history. The fiberglass hull was another local project, another project that was going to take three weeks and ended up taking three years before the eyesore was removed to its present ‘moorings’.

We had a good natter with this very pleasant chap, learning a little about commercial shell fishing before taking our leave , packing the cars and ending the day in the cafe before making our way to the Crianlariach hotel where the Collonsay Ale was back on tap. All in all a good result.

No photos today.

Caolasnacon, 27th April 2014

After ascertaining that the weather was far too nice to spend my Sunday plumbing, I sent out emergency texts to potential diving buddies. One of the amazing things about the club is that there is always someone to dive with, and it was Hamish that saved me from having to do DIY.

My original thought was Kintellen, but a bit of internet searching revealed a new site just a few short miles down the road, which naturally Hamish was all for.  The back up plan was Kintellen followed by the picnic site, but when we made it to Caolasnacan, the site looked good.  We checked in with the lady at reception, and she said that they’d had divers in the weekend previous.  Another 4 divers turned up while we were there, and they were regulars at the dive site who also had caravans at the dive site.  They were also to confirm that the site was as described on finstrokes, so we kitted up ready to get in!

The dive site

The wall is a short swim from the entry point, but (after a slight detour) we found it with no difficulty.  It starts at 6m, which the deepest point being about 25m (where there are swimthroughs).  However, we didn’t trouble these depths and stuck to less than 15m.  It might not have been deep (although it was dark), but the dive was absolutely stunning!  The walls were covered in sea loch anemones and peacock worms.  We also spotted a shy pollock, although there wasn’t that much fish life.  It was a cracking dive, and we were both disappointed to turn round at the appointed 15 minute mark.

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Sea loch anemones

The climb back up to the car was a bit punishing – and once there, we decided the dive was so good, we’d do it a second time in the afternoon. So we could have left the tanks down by the water’s edge…

I’d clearly put enough pennies in the weather machine, because the sun was shining and it was lovely and warm if you kept out of the wind.  Plus the view was absolutely stunning.

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For the second dive of the day, we kept a bit shallower, and it was just as enjoyable.  This time we settled on a dive plan of 40 minutes, so we made it to an amazing wall after about the 15 minute mark (plus practise made perfect – we managed to find the start of the wall in 3 minutes flat).  Obviously, with our plan of 15 metres max, we didn’t bother the bottom, but the wall was stunning.  Once again, the 20 minute turn around point came too quickly.  The tide had picked up a bit, but the bay was nice and sheltered – although it did mean that a lot of silt was kicked up if you touched the ground.  Unfortunately, there were 2 novice divers in the other group, but we were in quite a while before them so we only encountered them towards the end of the dive.

My legs just about made it up the slope back to the car – although they let me know that they weren’t particularly happy about it – and it was time for the stunning drive back across the rannoch moor.

Entry point - my poor legs weren't a huge fan of this one!
Entry/exit point – my poor legs weren’t a huge fan of this one!

A lovely dive, with great company.

Drift and Wall diving the sound of Luing

With Blue Skies and Calm weather forecast Chris and I had an last minute opportunity for a midweek dive with David Ainsley on his boat the Porpoise II based on the Island of Esdale.  David has been involved the campaign to keep the Firth of Lorn free of Scallop Dredgers and has been recording the recovery of the reefs and Sea bed over the last 7 years since the ban was enforced.

So we were treated to diving on a high energy dive site in the Sound of Luing and a group of three Bottle nosed dolphins who came to greet us as we jumped into the water  – Amazing!  The Slack window on this site was very brief and we descended quickly to 28 metres to find a Reef Covered in Elephants Ear Sponges, Oatan Pipes,  Branched Hydroids, Jewel anemones and Pink variations of the Elegant anemones not seen closer to shore.

After spending a 7 minutes a depth we worked our way back up to the top of the Reef, keeping close to reduce the effect of the 2-3 knot currents and doing a horizontal rock technique not a dive for the inexperienced or faint hearted!  Ducking Behind a large bolder we took a few moments to get some photos before deploying our shot and starting a drift dive, just a pity that the Visibility was only 4-5 metres otherwise this would be an excellent drift dive.

Thansk again to David and Jean for inviting us on this dive trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Caves and the Chana, Sunday 16th March

Two divers ventured out on Sunday. Leaving Perth in glorious spring weather, by Crieff we were in cloud and by the time we were driving down Loch Lomondside it was raining. The Pit Stop cafe was the start point for the day where we finalised our plans and having had a bacon roll and a coffee drove down to ‘The Caves’ where much to our surprise we came across some friends from the Regional training.

Today was a check out dive for the upcoming Trimix course that both Steve and I were doing and as Steve chuckled mercilessly I struggled down the culvert with a twin set and stage to arrive at the waters edge exhausted….

We buddy checked and literally slid into the water when the first of several kit problems surfaced. Having mounted my torch battery on my twin set I was peeved to realise it was the same side that I carried my stage which meant that I was lopsided, well until that is, I had drained the right hand cylinder! Next issue was the torch was playing up ! Looks like a connection problem with the umbilical so resurfacing to ensure it was securely screwed into the battery and we were off, again. Vis was not that good but improved with depth and as the life ran out and we moved onto mud we decided to turn and explore the boulders. Perhaps too early in the season for any really good life, only the usual suspects were on show though a good sized lobster did put in a surprise appearance. Problem three presented as I switched to my stage and the regulator started free flowing (which it did not do on descent) but as we were within our no-stop times it was not a real problem but highly preferable finding out now rather than with a hard ceiling to contend with! We finished the dive by gently drifting with the flood current to surface beneath a canopy of trees somewhere on the side of the loch which presented the slight issue in finding the exit point. By swimming out from the shore we were able to spot the culvert a mere 25 meters away and made our exit. All that was left was to haul ourselves up the culvert and land exhausted at the cars having completed another good dive and necessary check out. (Annual medical! – Ed)

Back to the Pit Stop for a cup of tea and a piece of cake and then a delightful drive to Loch Fyne to check out the access to some dive sites and then across to Taynuilt on Loch Etive where I introduced Steve to the delightful little wreck of the Chana.

Loch Etive was dark today and the water temp struggled to reach 7 degree but once on the wreck visibility was good enough to see all we needed to as we explored. I had the chance to have a close look at feeding Horse muscles and a cheeky little blenny that had made a home in a pipe hole. Hatches, rudders, props and wheel were all checked and the little portable generator on the deck made an interesting discovery. Having circled the wreck twice we made took a bearing for the shore and made our way back via the bottles and rubbish that has piled up hereabouts over the ages. A tea pot and a wine glass stopped us for a while before we surfaced slightly further along the shore than we had planned.

The trip home was broken at Crianlariach before arriving home somewhat later than usual but today we had been exploring !